Kristi Perez/Special to the Town Crier
Koko is allowed to play with a fake orchid. When she gets her paws on actual houseplants, she likes to bat them around and play in the potting soil.
The last time I grew African violets, a housemate’s cat visited my plant regularly and, when I wasn’t looking, ate every single flower. On the bright side, African violets are not poisonous to cats, and this particular cat was not interested in digging up my plants.
If you want both cats and houseplants to thrive, be sure to do some research before bringing a plant into your cat’s territory, because some cats like to bite plants, or even eat leaves or petals.